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Wonk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-24-04 11:30 PM
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Man gets 10 years for doing nothing
to stop in Burkheimer slaying

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

EVERETT, Wash. -- A 23-year-old man who did nothing to help Rachel Burkheimer when she was tied up, beaten and killed by his friends has been sentenced to nearly 10 years in prison.

Prosecutors originally charged Jeff Barth of Everett with first-degree murder, conspiracy and kidnapping in the September 2002 abduction and killing of 18-year-old Burkheimer.

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"I have to live knowing I could have stopped what happened," he said.

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Allendoerfer said it was clear Barth knew about plans to kidnap Burkheimer and stood by doing nothing, and noted that testimony indicated Barth joined in taunting and humiliating her while she was tied up in the garage.

more...
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/aplocal_story.asp?c...

Should have got 25, imho.
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liberalhistorian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-24-04 11:32 PM
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1. Amen to that, he was just as guilty
as those who did the actual killing. Few things piss me off more than people who don't stop things like this when they can.
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DulceDecorum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-24-04 11:37 PM
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2. So, how do you feel about
the Supreme Court's actions in Bush v Gore.
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oscar111 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-24-04 11:48 PM
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3. Life in prison for that bystander
way too lenient.

One nation routinely makes it a crime to be a bystander, as watching idly as someone drowns.
Not a crime here.

We need to be harder on violence.
but with more humane prisons at the same time.
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RoeBear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 07:32 AM
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4. How does this relate to this story?
Edited on Sun Jul-25-04 07:33 AM by RoeBear
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

Certainly this Barth dude is more culpable than the case of the gas station attendants that filled the tank of the drunk driver, but should the attendants have been required to call the cops?
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MrSandman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 12:00 PM
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5. Nothing?
"...noted that testimony indicated Barth joined in taunting and humiliating her while she was tied up in the garage."

In this case, IMO, doing nothing is a crime of ommission. Omitting is a behavior which is chosen.
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7th_Sephiroth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-28-04 01:30 AM
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6. so if i walk by while seeing a woman get mugged and keep on walking
seeing the muggers gun and not wanting to get shot, does that make me as bad of a criminal as the mugger?
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FeebMaster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-28-04 01:38 AM
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7. It's not like he did nothing.
testimony indicated Barth joined in taunting and humiliating her while she was tied up in the garage."
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